Giacone Unveils Top 4, Decision Date

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) tight end Michael Giacone is closing in on his college decision. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Giacone unveiled his Top 4 list, and also said he selected a day to make his announcement. Check out what is happening with the state's top tight end by coming inside to see what he had to say.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) tight end Michael Giacone was at Rutgers on Wednesday and Thursday as he concluded the visitation portion of his recruitment, and after returning home informed he had a Top Four and an announcement date.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Giacone, who put on a phenomenal athletic display at Saturday's Schiano Shootout at Rutgers, will make his college choice public July 15.

"After going to a lot of schools (on unofficial visits) and all the traveling, I knew I wanted to stay close (to home)," Giacone said. "So, my top four, in no particular order, is Rutgers, Connecticut, Boston College and Maryland.

"Each one of the schools has stuff that I love about it. All the schools are going to utilize the tight end, and I feel like I can fit in at any of those schools. And the whole aspect of having my family close, and being able to come and watch me, that's a big deal."

Giacone has two weeks to finalize his decision, and he picked a meaningful date.

"I've decided to make my commitment July 15, my sister's birthday," he said. "She's always supported me, and been my No. 1 fan."

Giacone, who is the 27th-rated tight end in's 2012 class, and top-rated tight end in New Jersey, gave his thoughts on each of his final four schools.

  • Rutgers: "I love the staff at Rutgers. It's a great bunch of guys. The facilities are top-notch over there. I like how seriously they treat their academics, and I feel comfortable with the players."

  • Connecticut: Coach (Paul) Pasqualoni and (assistant) coach (George) DeLeone are both great guys. They have a great reputation, and I feel like coach DeLeone would be a great tight ends coach. Plus, I like the campus and I think they're going to great things there."

  • Maryland: "I like to whole program Maryland. They're hungry to win. They've been putting a lot of effort into the program, and I think coach (Randy) Edsall is going to do a great job. Whenever we were up at UConn, nobody ever said a bad word about him. I hear from multiple people he's a great guy, a great coach, and he's going to push you."

  • Boston College: "I love B.C.'s academics, I feel I ft in great with their players. Coach Spaz, and the coaching staff …that's a big thing with me. All these staffs that I'm looking at, I like them all. I feel like I'll be coached very well there. I like the whole atmosphere, the whole school and it's a great location to be in Boston."

Giacone, who holds double digits offers, always planned to cut his list by the end of June.

"It was a bit hectic, going on all these visits, talking with all the coaches, talking with all the players," he said. "But I think the biggest thing for me was after doing a lot of traveling, I figured out I wanted to stay in the northeast area.

"That's where I'm comfortable, and I feel it's great football up there and all those teams are going to do great things in the next couple of years."

Giacone spent parts of the last two days at Rutgers, meeting with the staff, touring campus again and hanging out with former St. Peter's Prep teammate Savon Huggins, now a freshman running back for the Scarlet Knights.

"I met with (tight ends) coach (Brian) Angelichio, just talking about schemes, football," Giacone said. "I met with (offensive coordinator) coach (Frank) Cignetti, and went over how the offense is going to run. I'm comfortable with the whole staff, and know them well, and I went on a nice tour of campus.

"I had a nice talk with coach (Greg) Schiano. The cool thing was it wasn't like we were talking about football. He wasn't trying to sell me on anything. We were just talking. We were just shooting the breeze."

Giacone said he is done with unofficial visits so he can concentrate on making a decision without emotion playing a big role.

"I want to let it settle in, because whatever school you're at, it makes your heart race," he said. "You'll know after you wait a couple of weeks."

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